Biography

Doug Dexter is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, a fellow in the American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and a former president of the Northern California Human Resources Association. Doug also served more than 15 years as chair of Farella's Employment Practice. These roles, coupled with four decades of practicing California employment law, have informed Doug about the status and trends of that law, as well as the value of listening to client priorities, collaborating with a diverse team of legal professionals, and communicating positions toward resolution of employment-related disputes.

Doug specializes in advising and representing large employers, particularly in the technology industry. He helps these clients reach decisions of first impression that will support client goals over time and application to employee populations, consistent with the client’s workplace ethos and brand. These decisional contexts range from drafting policies to resolving individual employee circumstances.

In litigation, Doug communicates with clients, lawyers, and courts to reconcile facts, law, and party priorities toward resolution – whether through negotiation, summary judgment, or trial. A lifetime early adopter, Doug strives to leverage technology for more efficient and material evidentiary analysis.

The subjects of Doug’s experience, advice, and litigation span the unique dictates of California employment law, including wage and hour, accommodation, discrimination, workplace privacy, collective action, competition, trade secrets, contingent workforces, and agreements to commence, compensate, and sever employment. Doug consistently litigates individual, class and PAGA actions. Raised in San Francisco, educated in San Diego, and initially officed in Los Angeles, Doug has spent his career resolving employment disputes in venues across California.

As a professional leader, Doug has benefited from mentoring and working with diverse talented teams of attorneys, both within and outside of Farella. Doug recognizes that supporting legal profession diversity, as well as independent thought among newer lawyers, enhances legal analysis and client service — and creates a more competent and admirable profession.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Employment Law - Management (2018-2023)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star (2019-2023)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor since (2006-2024)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section (Present)
  • Vice-Chair, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section (August 2019-2021)
  • Fellow, American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (2015-present)
  • Budget Co-Chair, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section (2017-2019)
  • Governing Council Member, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section (2011-2017)
  • Co-Chair, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee (2005–2007) 
  • President, Northern California Human Resources Association (2005) 
  • Founding Sponsor, San Francisco High School Mock Trial Competition

Firm Highlights

News

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In today’s digital age, having an online presence is crucial for businesses, including wineries, breweries, and other beverage companies. Accordingly, it’s essential to ensure that your beverage website meets federal standards for accessibility to avoid...

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Farella Announces 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders: Taylor Rottjakob and John Ugai

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that senior associates  Taylor E. Rottjakob and John M. Ugai have been named 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders. Pathfinders have been identified as...

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Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Episode 75 is the tenth in a series of Quick Tip episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. With...

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Court Reinstates CPPA Enforcement Authority and Confirms No Delay Necessary for Enforcement of Future CCPA Regulations

A recent appellate decision has made clear that the regulations promulgated under California’s groundbreaking consumer privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA, as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)), are ripe...

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Unplugged: The Renewable Energy Speaker Series - The IRA's Environmental Justice Incentive Programs

Join Farella Braun + Martel, the Environmental Law Institute, and Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment for an event relaunching “Unplugged: The Renewable Energy Speaker Series.” The kick-off event will be held live at Farella...

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